Grace Lee Boggs – “Building a Movement to Grow Our Souls”
Read by Jermaine Rowe
*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.
Over the last 60 years I have had the enormous privilege of participating in most of the great humanizing movements of the second half of the last century: labor, civil rights, black power, women’s, Asian American, environmental justice, antiwar. Each was a tremendously transformative experience, expanding my understanding of what it means to be an American and a human being, and challenging me to keep deepening my thinking about how to bring about radical social change. However, I cannot recall any previous period when the issues were so basic, so interconnected and so demanding of everyone living in this country, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, age or national origin. Read More